'''Thomas Wentworth Higginson''' (December 22, 1823 – May 9, 1911) was an American Unitarianism|Unitarian
minister, author, Abolitionism in the United States|abolitionist
, and soldier. He was active in the American Abolitionism movement during the 1840s and 1850s, identifying himself with disunion and militant abolitionism. He was a member of the Secret Six
who supported John Brown (abolitionist)|John Brown
. During the American Civil War|Civil War
, he served as colonel of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers (Union)|1st South Carolina Volunteers
, the first federally authorized black regiment, from 1862–1864. Following the war, Higginson devoted much of the rest of his life to fighting for the rights of freed slaves, women and other disfranchised peoples.